Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has replaced Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa with Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo in a cabinet reshuffle, the government said in a statement late on Monday.
Mugabe also moved Tourism minister Walter Mzembi to Foreign Affairs and replaced him with Edgar Mbwembwe who was a deputy minister of Foreign Affairs.
Mugabe also dropped Prisca Mupfumira from Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare while elevating Chiratidzo Mabuwa from Industry and Trade deputy minister to head the Youth Development, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment portfolio.
Happyton Bonyongwe was named Justice Minister, effectively ending his reign as Director General of the Central Intelligence Organisation.
Bonyongwe replaces Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa among several other changes.
It is the surprise appointment of Chombo to the finance ministry to replace the likeable Chinamasa who has led the country’s re-engagement process with western lenders.
Chinamasa was moved to a newly created ministry of cyber security, threat detection and mitigation.
In total, 10 cabinet ministers changed posts while two ministers were dropped.